The Awards of the Royal Humane Society (RHS) are made to those who, at personal risk, save or endeavour to save life.
The RHS parchment
is awarded where someone has put themselves in danger to save, or attempt to save, someone else.
For the Certificate of Commendation
, the nominee(s) must have made a significant contribution to the saving or attempted saving of a life, though their own life was not necessarily at risk.
The Resuscitation Certificate
is awarded to people who have effected a successful resuscitation of someone, who was at one stage 'seemingly dead', through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (MMR) and/or heart-and-lung massage (CPR).
For more information visit the Royal Humane Society website
Josh Felvus and Liam Jempson of Bristol, along with a third man who asked not to be named, were presented with a Royal Humane Society parchment in recognition of their rescue of another man from the Avon Canal in April 2011.
The men were walking home at about 5.40am when they saw a man struggling in the water. They jumped in and spent 20 minutes getting the man to the bank, where other members of the public helped get him out of the water.
He was unconscious and suffering from hypothermia but recovered in hospital.
Mr Jempson also needed hospital treatment after the incident.
PCs Shane Agrela, Daniel Bishop, Philip Coleman and Huw Jenkins were presented with Royal Humane Society certificates of commendation after saving a man from falling 40 feet from the Obridge Viaduct in Taunton.
PCs Bishop and Jenkins were called to reports of a man standing on the wrong side of the barrier at about 11pm on July 4 2011.
The man was crouching on a 12 inch wide, sloping ledge.
The PCs started to talk to the man while PCs Agrela and Coleman controlled the traffic.
When the man slipped and grabbed the barrier PC Bishop grabbed his hand and he and PC Jenkins supported his weight. PCs Agrela and Coleman then helped pull the man to safety.
PCs Neil Forsyth and Nick Murrie, along with two other officers who have asked not to be named, have been awarded Royal Humane Society resuscitation certificates for saving a man who tried to hang himself in Yate.
The officers were called on July 21 2011 after a man threatened to kill himself. His partner had run to a neighbour’s house to call police after he threatened her with a knife.
The officers went straight into the house and found the man hanging. They cut him down and all four took turns in administering CPR.
The man was taken by air ambulance to hospital and survived.